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Booze Geek: D'Tango Unchained

beer_338446By Dylan Gonzalez

Beer: D'Tango Unchained

Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

ABV: 9.6%

No chains needed to hold back the flavor profile on this beer. Holy crap, the flavor profiles on D'Tango Unchained were smack in your face. Though labeled a dark ale, this was essentially a sour ale, a style of beer that I am still exploring.  In addition, this beer was brewed with cherries and brettanomyces, a yeast that contributes a unique flavor.

D'Tango Unchained was ruby red in color and boasted lots of visible carbonation. It produced a medium head that disappeared quickly, leaving behind a ring of lacing. It gave powerful notes of cherry and oak, as well as a funkiness no doubt originating from the brett.

The cherry character was potent in the flavor. Once again, the brett's funk showed up in the taste, combining with the cherries to a create a sour profile. There were bits of caramel and plum in the finish, which was also dry and tart. The carbonation was certainly noticeable too.

Sour ales are not particularly my style of beer, at least, not yet. However, I must give credit where credit is due and D'Tango Unchained is a very well made beer. It is unique and interesting, boasting a complex flavor and scent.

What to Drink This To:

Bearing a name directly inspired by the film no doubt, D'Tango Unchained should be enjoyed alongside Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino's take on the western utilizes the stock character of Django, originally played by Franco Nero, now by Jamie Foxx. Foxx stars as a former slave who joins bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in a quest to rescue his wife from the hands of barbaric slave owner Calvin Candy. As per usual, the performances in the film are staggering, with Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio all shining. The shots are quick, the dialogue snappy and the blood a-flowin'.

Dylan Gonzalez happens to love beer and comic books and luckily found a place to write about both because he has no idea how to actually make money in the real world. He lives in a cave in New Jersey.

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